Frances L. Brisbane, Ph.D.
Opening Comments 9:45 - 10 a.m.
Dr. Frances L. Brisbane is Professor and Dean of the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University. She serves on the board of the Harvard University Journal of African American Public Policy and is currently a member of the National Health Committee for the NAACP. Dr. Brisbane has received many honors from Stony Brook University for her outstanding work in affirmative action and international affairs, and also earned the United States’ President’s Call to Service Award, for her extraordinary and effective lifetime volunteer efforts and achievements. The New York State Governor and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services have recognized Dr. Brisbane as one of eight New York State women who made an extraordinary contribution in the 20th century for student and community education and the prevention of alcoholism and substance abuse. Dr. Brisbane is the co-founder and administrator of “Counseling and Treating People of Colour—An International Perspective.” Now in its 27th year, this conference has been held in many locations in the United States and throughout the world, including several Caribbean islands, Canada, Cuba, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Dominican Republic, Aruba, Bermuda, Hawaii, California, and Arizona. Dr. Brisbane is an accomplished author of five books, including Dr. C. Browne, A Natural Health Doctor. Dr. Brisbane has been a strong proponent of natural medicine, and created the initial impetus which led to the creation of the Committee for Health and Healing through the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University.
Keynote Speaker: David M. Brady, ND, DC, CCN, DACBN
Topic: Flavocoxid; A Medicinal Extract of Scutellaria bicalensis and Acacia catechu Acts as a Dual Inhibitor of Cyclooxegenase and 5-Lipoxegenase to Reduce Inflammation and Pain
Health practitioners from various professional backgrounds and fields are encountering an ever-growing population of patients/clients suffering from acute and chronic pain conditions, many of those are inflammatory in nature, and include sports injuries, degenerative and inflammatory arthritis, autoimmune-related disorders, and many more. Many of these patients experience significant side-effects and may not even be aware of them until they cause a serious medical disorder. Many of these same subjects would be interested in evidence-based, effective natural agents which would reduce, and in many cases eliminate the associated side-effects. Health providers need to understand both the benefits and risks of standard interventions, as well as those of the evidence-based complementary approaches available. This presentation will review the current literature and present the specific clinical data on flavocoxid, a medicinal extract of Scutellaria bicalensis and Acacia catechu and its effectiveness on inflammation and pain. The use of specific collagen peptides to enhance joint integrity and improve functionality will also be explored.
- Participants will appreciate the current approach to inflammatory pain disorders and the high prevalence of drug side effects.
- Participants will understand the linkage and association between intestinal hyper-permeability, a common side-effect of anti-inflammatory medications, and the possible pathogenesis of inflammatory arthritis and autoimmunity.
- Participants will become enlightened on the use of flavocoxid, a medicinal extract of Scutellaria bicalensis and Acacia catechu in the management of inflammatory pain disorders.
David M. Brady, ND, DC, CCN, DACBN, has 22-years of experience as an integrative physician, and over 18 years in health sciences academia. He currently serves as the Vice Provost for the Division of Health Sciences, Interim Dean of the College of Naturopathic Medicine, and Director of the Human Nutrition Institute at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He maintains a private practice, Whole Body Medicine, in Trumbull, CT. Dr. Brady is also the Chief Medical Officer for Designs for Health, Inc. Dr. Brady has appeared on the plenary speaking panel of the largest and most prestigious conferences in the field including; IFM, ACAM, A4M, IHS, and many more. Dr. Brady has published a multitude of peer-reviewed scientific papers and textbooks related to chronic pain, autoimmunity and functional gastroenterology and is a featured contributing author in the medical textbooks; Advancing Medicine with Food and Nutrients-2nd Ed. (Kohlstadt I, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2012), Integrative Gastroenterology (Mullin G, Oxford Press, Weil Integrative Medicine Library, New York, NY, 2011) and Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine -2nd Ed. (Bralley JA, Lord RS, Metametrix Institute. Duluth, GA. 2008).
11 - 12 noon
Geo Espinosa, ND, LAc, CNS
Topic: Updates and Science-based approaches in the Management of Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men. Roughly, 30,000 men die every year from prostate cancer; however, the 5-year survival rate for diagnosed men is 92%. Within the past five years we have learned that active surveillance is a viable option for most prostate cancer patients. Furthermore, PSA has been a controversial biomarker for this disease and the United States Preventative Task Force has discouraged the use of PSA for prostate cancer screening. Academic institutions are investigating numerous screening tools for diagnostic improvements. A grand majority of diagnosed men are utilizing lifestyle approaches and dietary supplements to improve their prognosis. A systematic guide like the CaPLESS Wellness Method has clinically shown a decrease in PSA along with stabilization of prostate cancer progression. Lastly the CWM can significantly counter common side effects associated with prostate cancer treatment.
- Participants will examine information on how to differentiate benign prostate conditions from prostate cancer
- Participants will identify updates in diagnosing prostate cancer
- Participants will discover the science behind “the CaPLESS Wellness Method” for prostate cancer patients
Geo Espinosa, N.D., L.Ac, C.N.S., is a renowned naturopathic doctor recognized as an authority in integrative management of benign and malignant urologic conditions. Dr. Geo is the founder and director of the Integrative Urology Center at New York University Langone Medical Center (NYULMC), a center of excellence in research and integrative treatments for urologic conditions. He is a master formulator of dietary supplements for prostate, bladder and sexual health and co-founder of XY wellness, LLC, a nutraceutical company specific to improving the prognosis of male conditions. Dr. Geo is an avid writer in medical journals, book chapters, blog website and currently working on his book on prostate cancer. He lectures internationally on the application of integrative medicine for urological and prostate conditions in multidisciplinary clinical settings. Dr. Geo enjoys writing on his popular blog, DrGeo.com, and spending quality time with family and friends.
12 - 1 p.m.
Jaquel Patterson, ND
Topic: Performance Optimizatin: Sports Medicine
Science has verified that exercise is a major consideration in maintaining health. Sports Medicine includes a focus on key factors in such as nutrition and supplementation, which can optimize athletic performance and enhance recovery. Dr. Patterson has worked with clients ranging from elite, professional athletes to individuals with active lifestyles and she has helped to improve their physical aptitude through specific protocols. The presentation will review necessary nutritional and laboratory assessments for individuals, and recommended dietary and nutritional supplementation protocols based on these findings. The presentation will also review pre-and post- recovery supplementation to enhance overall performance and prevent injuries.
- Participants will examine methods to determine how to assess an athlete's nutritional and mineral deficiencies
- Participants will name specific supplementation protocols to enhance and maintain athletic performance
- Participants will identify recommendations for pre and post-performance recovery
Dr. Jaquel Patterson has a diverse background in public health administration and naturopathic medicine. She studied applied economics and management at Cornell University, and after working in the business field enrolled at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM). Dr. Patterson worked in healthcare administration at Morris Heights Health Center in Bronx, New York. Currently she is Chief Operating Officer at Norwalk Community Health Center. She is also an adjunct professor at UBCNM and maintains a private practice in Norwalk and Stamford, Connecticut. Dr. Patterson was appointed by the health commissioner to serve on the state of Connecticut’s Provider Advisory Group for Patient Centered Medical Homes within the Department of Social Services. Dr. Patterson has served on several boards including the national board for Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, NAACP, advisory council for Sickle Cell Disease Association of Southern Connecticut, clinical working group for the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care, and as a health leadership fellow for Connecticut Health Foundation. She is currently a national board director for the Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Patterson's area of focus in naturopathic medicine includes sports medicine, autoimmune conditions, arthritis, chronic fatigue, pain management, and women's health.
2 - 3 p.m.
Alex Shvartsman, DDS, MAGD, AIAOMT
Topic: Controversies in Dentistry
Modern Dentistry is changing rapidly as evidence based applications are replacing older standards of practice. This can be very confusing for most people, especially since many dentists, and ADA policy, often clings to outdated beliefs and practices. Dr Shvartsman will explore the more controversial topics in dentistry such as the use of Mercury and amalgam fillings, root canal therapy, dental implants, tooth colored fillings, gum disease treatment and the prolific use of fluoride. He will discuss new advancements in dentistry such as Biomimetic Dentistry, Minimally invasive dentistry, Ozone therapy, Oral Myofunctional Therapy, Invisible Orthodontics, CAD/CAM Dentistry, the use of Lasers in dentistry, and more. This information will enable participants to make better dental care decisions for themselves, their patients and their family.
- Participants will develop a better understanding of a healthier approach to dental care
- Participants will understand the scientific evidence that supports a move away from the use of mercury and amalgam fillings and fluoride in dentistry
- Participants will review dental advancements including Ozone therapy, Oral Myofunctional Therapy and Invisible Orthodontics
Dr. Alex Shvartsman is a graduate of SUNY at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. After completing his residency at the prestigious North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset, Dr. Shvartsman was appointed Chief Dental Resident. In addition, he has completed a two-year Fellowship in Dental Implants and Advanced Dental Prosthodontics. He is a graduate of the Alleman-Deliperi Center for Biomimetic Dentistry. He has completed over 2000 hours in continuing dental education and is perpetually pursuing advanced dental education in all aspects of dentistry. Dr. Shvartsman is the recipient of numerous additional awards, including the One of Americas Top Dentist Award, TopDocNY Award, Top Smithtown Dentist Award, Suffolk County Dental Society High Level of Clinical Competence Award, and The Certificate of Merit in Recognition of Excellence and Promise in Oral Diagnosis. Dr. Shvartsman is also the winner of Long Island Press Best Dentist Award and has been featured in News Channel 12 Long Island Naturally . Dr. Shvartsman is proud to be a member of: Academy of General Dentistry (AGA), Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry (ABD), and the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). His quest for a healthier life-style has influenced his dentistry. He firmly believes that nature is and always will be far superior to human-made and that by embracing nature we will find our path to health and longevity. He has learned a great deal from his wellness-minded patients and is happy to have found a career that he enjoys and is passionate about.
3 - 4 p.m.
Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG, AHN-BC
Topic: The Role of Compromised Intestinal Permeability in the Inflammatory Process: Natural Interventions
There are multiple influences that promote the inflammatory process involved in GI disturbances ranging from irritable bowel distress to the more complex manifestations of Crohn's disease. One well documented causative factor is compromised intercellular junctions in the GI mucosa leading to intestinal permeability. In this presentation, we will discuss the mechanism of action that initiates and complicates inflammation when intercellular junctions are compromised , discuss diagnostic tests that can help identify this process, and present several evidence based natural interventions that can be used to positively influence this condition.
- Participants will review current literature that investigates the link between intestinal permeability and inflammation
- Participants will evaluate diagnostic protocols and tools to determine intestinal permeability, ie Mannose, Lactulose Challenge
- Participants will learn to effectively incorporate low risk- high efficacy evidence based natural interventions in patient protocols
Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, The Natural Nurse® has been involved in Natural Medicine since 1973, when she directed a program in Ethnobotany at Cochise College in Douglas, Arizona. Dr. Kamhi attended Rutgers and Cornell Universities, sat on the Panel of Traditional Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical School, and is a Medical School Instructor, teaching Botanical Pharmacology. She was nominated for the March of Dimes, Woman of Distinction 2004 and received the J.G Gallimore award for research in science. Dr. Kamhi is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild (AHG), and is nationally board certified as an Advanced Holistic Nurse (AHN-BC). Ellen Kamhi is the author of many books, including Cycles of Life, Herbs for Women, The Natural Guide to Great Sex, WEIGHT LOSS-the Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide, The Natural Medicine Chest and Arthritis, The Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide. She hosts radio shows daily, including on Gary Nulls Progressive Radio Network, and is regularly quoted in numerous mainstream media including Marie Clare,The Globe, Latina, Self, Woman’s World, Prevention, Cosmopolitan and Glamour. Dr. Kamhi provides group and individual online certification educational modules in Herbal Medicine, Essential Oil Therapy, Energy Medicine and all aspects of holistic medicine, and provides personal health consultations. She is on the Peer Review Editorial Board of several journals/organizations, including: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Natural Medicine Journal, Natural Standard Database. Ellen Kamhi is actively involved as the Professional Herbalist/Nutritionist and Educator for Nature’s Answer®, Hauppauge, NY.
4 - 5 p.m.
James Maskell, CEO Revive Primary Care
Topic: Leveraging Your Time: Curating Your Patient Education
Effective patient education is an absolute must for the modern medical practice. In the pre digital age, there were only a few options for this education, with most practitioners doing it one-on-one during appointments and some venturing as far as patient handouts, newsletters, books and group visits. With the dawning of the digital age, new ways are emerging to deliver patient education at scale, not only making it easy for current patients to learn about those areas that are crucial to their own health, but also allowing effective and evidence based medical principles to spread to new potential markets. This presentation will share the history of patient education and investigate the new possibilities available to the modern health care provider, including looking at case studies of doctors who are successfully navigating modern patient education techniques. Curating third party content is an emerging trend, meaning that any health care provider can deliver a first class, scalable education platform for their patients at a very low cost. We will review best practice models to set up this system (step by step) for any health care provider, with an emphasis on those who deliver natural and integrative medicine.
- Participants will distinguish between education models available to the modern health practitioner
- Participants will discover the benefits of curating education content for patients
- Participants will evaluate best practices and case studies provided by health practitioners successfully engaging in modern practice building and patient education twchniques
James Maskell is Founder and CEO of Revive Primary Care, a company dedicated to restoring the health of America. By combining a digital patient education and marketing platform with a nationwide network of dedicated holistic professionals, our intention is to inspire a revolution of empowered health advocates. James is a passionate supporter of natural and integrative medicine. He is the practice building columnist for NDNR.com and teaches practice development at University of Bridgeport. He is also the Founder of the Functional Forum, NYC’s premier meetup for holistic practitioners which shines a light on effective clinical, practice building and technological advances, accelerating the evolution of medicine.